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April 29, 2008

[Anime] Bamboo Blade – first impression

Filed under: Otakuism — tokmoh @ 3:39 am
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Right, I’ve managed to pick up another series that I’ve been wanting to watch for a looong time!! Here it goes!!

Genres: comedy, slice of life, tournament
Themes: Kendo, Sports
Plot Summary: Toraji Ishida is a high school kendo teacher. His friend and fellow kendo teacher makes him a bet: if Ishida can assemble a girls’ kendo team that can defeat his girls’ team in a practice match, he’ll treat Ishida to free meals at his father’s sushi restaurant for a whole year. Now Ishida must find five girls to join the team.
So far, I’ve just watched 2 episodes, and so far, I’m lovin’ it!! What’s better than having kawaii~ girls pwning cocky guys in kendo!! Worth highlighting is Tama-chan (picture above: in the middle), quiet but very powerful at kendo. In the first episode, she can deflect a baseball, tennis ball, American football, and a err…vice principal with just a bamboo broom in a split second!! That led Ishida-sensei to want her to join his kendo club for his……one-year free supply of sushi. But the coolest bit about her, is she’s an otaku, and her favourite show is Blade Braver (sort of like Power Rangers)!!
The cast line-up is very good, Ishida-sensei is voiced by Katsuyuki Konishi, well known as Kamina-sama (Tengen Toppa Gurren-Lagann), Komui Lee (D.Gray-Man), and Asano Keigo and Hisagi Shuuhei (both from Bleach), and I just love it when he starts to dream about his 1-year free sushi, he is sooo Komui Lee when he does that!! His voice is best when he gets comical, no wonder most of the characters he voiced have a clown side to them, save for Kenta Usui (Karin the Chibi Vampire), which IMHO, is pretty average since that character is too serious. Hopefully, I’ll get to see him giving a very motivational speech like he did when he voiced Kamina-sama!! Tama-chan is voiced by Ryou Hirohashi, although I’ve only heard her as Soyo-hime (Gintama ep14) previously, she’s did a good job in ensuring Tama-chan has that ‘dormant dragon’ aura whenever she speaks. The captain of the kendo team, Kirino Chiba (picture above: second from left), is voiced by Megumi Toyoguchi, well known as Revy (Black Lagoon), Miranda Lotto (D.Gray-Man), Winry Rockbell (Full Metal Alchemist). I last heard her in Black Lagoon as the tomboy-ish Revy, and it’s great to hear her able to voice a strong and sweet character. If ever, Chiba-chan reminded me of Sara Adiemus (School Rumble). Nice. There were also a couple of familiar seiyuus from Gintama, Daisuke Sakaguchi voiced Nakata Yuji, who is 99% Shinpachi (Gintama), but without wearing spectacles). Then there’s also Akira Ishida as Danjuro Eiga, which is totally out of character from Katsura Kotaru (Gintama), but he voiced it well I suppose. His character almost reminds me of Shin-chan’s (Crayon Shin-chan) friend. Annoyingly, Eiga, a mummy’s boy, has a very hot girlfriend, Miyazaki Miyako (picture above: rightmost), voiced by Houko Kuwashima. I ROTFLMAO-ed when Eiga introduced her, then Ishida-sensei and Yuji went “KU-SAH-KEN-NA!!!” (YOU’VE GOTTA BE JOKING!!)
As far as the comedy goes, this is probably some of the better ones I’ve watched recently. Bamboo Blade is produced by Studio AIC A.S.T.A., which did Seto no Hanayome (together with Gonzo studio) previously, and I enjoyed it a lot!!
Lastly for the moment, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim needs to use Tama-chan as his party’s mascot to win my 100% support for him to be the next PM:
“Akukara seigi io mamoru tame desu!!”
Translation: “In order to protect justice from badness,” when asked by her father why’d she join the school kendo club when she’d previously decline.
Tama-chan = seigi + win +<3
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2 Comments »

  1. cool. finally an anime without girls with huge boobs.

    but az, you seriously love kawaii chicks huh?

    Comment by kevin — April 29, 2008 @ 8:13 pm | Reply

  2. Yes, I like Hiiragi Tsukasa (Lucky Star), Sara Adiemus (School Rumble), Otsu-chan (Gintama), and now Tama-chan~!! Best thing about all of them? They’re all non-lolis and their boobs are of realistic size.

    Seriously, lolis and big boobs are friggin annoying. I’ve hated big boobs since Bleach (Inoue Orihime), which is the first Japanese audio anime series I watched.

    As for lolis, I kesian now more little kids become kidnap victims, raped and murdered (remembering Jazlin), so now I just skip any series that has loli. That means sayonara Shakugan no Shana, Zero no Tsukaima, Kodomo no Jikan, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni (this series is dead boring anyway) etc.

    Comment by tokmoh — April 30, 2008 @ 3:07 am | Reply


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